UPDATE: A 6.5- magnitude earthquake has struck the Bismarck Sea on the north of Umboi Island near PNG on Tuesday.

An earthquake of 6.1-magnitude has hit Australia’s southern coast, indicating chances of a potential tsunami to occur in the region.

Geoscience Australia has confirmed the news, saying that the quake struck 15 kilometers deep. It shook 1,704 kilometers off the Queenstown coast on Monday. The US Geological Survey revealed that the average magnitude of the quake was 5.9, which was around 10 kilometers deep.

Earlier, it was reported that the quake had potential “tsunamigenic” indications, but later it was revealed that there was no such risk associated with the earthquake.  The quake came just after three weeks of an earthquake of 5.5-magnitude that struck the southeast region of Western Australia. That was considered the biggest quake of the state in the last three decades.

Reports of approximately 30 earthquakes close to Western Australia’s Norseman mining town last month has alarmed the authorities.  The regulatory bodies are concerned over the increasing seismic activities in western and southern Australia these days.

Many residents were led to evacuate their places in New South Wales because of the tsunami fears. The evacuation occurred as a result of the release of a map that indicated certain areas of the city likely to be hit with huge waves. The following weekend saw an earthquake of 4.1 magnitude off the central coast of the state.

In February, Express UK revealed how disaster officials in Australia were taking action towards dealing with the threat of a tsunami. The report focused on the plans of authorities to construct exclusion zones inland up to six miles.

According to reports, New South Wales is more likely to experience large-scale tsunami from the Pacific Ring of Fire, which made it mandatory for the authorities to conduct an emergency exercise to make sure no harm is done to anyone.